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Pre Planning

Today, more than ever, people of all ages agree that having thoughtful arrangements in place in advance of a death is certainly a good idea and a responsible thing to do. These arrangements include the selection of and payment for funeral or memorial arrangements, preparation of a legal will, advance directives for healthcare, the selection and purchase of cemetery property.

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What is pre planning?

There are two phases to pre planning:

  • Pre Arrangements - Pre Arrangement involves the selection of funeral-related services and products.
  • Pre Funding - Pre funding means paying for the selected services and products in advance.

Why Pre Arrange?

  • Provides time to plan a ceremony that is meaningful for survivors and reflective of one's personal wishes.
  • Reduces the likelihood of emotional overspending, indecision and/ or possible family conflicts.

Why Pre Fund?

  • Advanced payment serves as a hedge against inflation by paying for tomorrow's funeral at today's prices.
  • Protects financial assets in the event of the need to apply for SSI/Medicaid assistance for long-term health care.
  • Important aspect of a comprehensive estate plan.
  • Provides peace of mind.

When to Pre Plan?

  • After any significant transition or lifestyle change; a birth of a child, the death of a family member, and/ or before health begins to decline.
  • When considering estate planning options; making a will, prior to preparing for any type of public assistance.
  • When considering senior living options (Independent or Assisted).

Who should Pre Plan?

Those who:

  • Recognize the inevitability of death and are willing to consider it in their planning.
  • Feel pre planning would be a valuable sharing experience with family members.
  • Want to provide guidelines for survivors.
  • Want to have services in place they no longer reside.
  • Have no close relatives.

How to Pre Plan?

Call us anytime and we will schedule a time to come in and talk about all of your options. Once we meet with you, information we will go over:

  • Record important personal biographical and statistical information in a permanent file here at the funeral home.
  • Select a plan for numerous elements of a meaningful and personalized funeral or memorial ceremony.
  • Choose the appropriate memorialization items which may include burial or cremation caskets, vaults, cremation urn, flowers, and or permanent grave markers.
  • Decide on a prepayment option, if desired, to secure prices and assure survivors are not faced with unexpected costs at the time of death.

Information courtesy of OFDA.

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